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Emerging Vector-borne Diseases Create New Public Health Challenges
November 30, 2012
West Nile virus, Lyme disease, dengue fever, and plague are examples of "vector-borne zoonotic diseases" caused by pathogens that naturally infect wildlife and are transmitted to humans by vectors such as mosquitoes or ticks. Land-use change, globalization of trade and travel, and social upheaval are driving the emergence of such diseases in many regions.
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